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Published:September 28th, 2014 11:31 EST

Stay of Execution for Bird Living in Grocery Store

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Tesco threatened to shoot a protected pied wagtail which has been fluttering round one of its supermarkets, prompting outrage from customers, environmentalists and a BBC wildlife presenter.


The seven inch long bird has been flying around the aisles of a superstore for several weeks, evading all attempts to capture it.

Losing patience, Tesco applied for a licence from Natural England this week, allowing it to be shot amid fears that it posed a public health risk at the store in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. "

The Telegraph

I certainly don`t advocate killing a bird that`s protected under the British 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act, but by the same token I`d think twice about patronizing a supermarket where a bird is flying around the aisles. It`s one thing to find dust on an apple, it`s quite another to find a bird dropping on it.

The Tesco supermarket store was in a real bind, but applying for a license from Natural England to have a marksman use an air rifle to take out the protected pied wagtail was a birdbrain idea.

Thankfully Tesco had a change of heart and they are now willing to wait a few more weeks to allow wildlife experts an opportunity to capture the bird.

It`s great when feathers get unruffled and panties get untwisted and common sense prevails.

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